The Vortex 250 Pro

Vortex 250 ProImmersionRC finally released the information about the long awaited Vortex 250 Pro. Please see the highlights below.

The Vortex 285 (the first in the Vortex family) has experienced incredible success, and has changed the Race Quad market. The Vortex 250 Pro is the result of listening to our top pilots, taking the product to a new level, with the same level of integration as it’s big brother, the Vortex.
You can pre-order the Vortex 250 Pro from our website by clicking here: http://www.nghobbies.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_234_229&products_id=1347#.VkyG2DZdGUk

Revolutionary!

Building off of the success of the Vortex 285, and listening to the dreams and wishes of our customers, the ImmersionRC team designed the Vortex 250 Pro, a purebred racer which ticks all of the boxes.
We swapped out the ‘F1’ processor for the ‘F3’, added an integrated Black Box recorder, swapped out the 1806 motors for potent 2204/2300kV custom motors, Gen2 20A ESCs, Serial receiver support… the list is long and colorful.
As with the Vortex 285, the 250 is ARF, just add a compatible R/C Rx (CPPM, Spektrum, S-Bus, XBus, EzUHF, etc. etc.), and a battery, and go race, everything else is included, from the SpiroNET Tx antenna, to the props.
NOTE: Compatible receiver and display device required for initial setup and during use, items not included.
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Pure-bred Racer

The Vortex 285’s foldable tubular arms are replaced with virtually unbreakable 4mm Carbon Fiber flat arms, with twelve M3 aluminium spacers wrapped in custom plastic. The frame is designed to hit objects which don’t like to move out of the way, and survive to fly again in the next race.  The 2mm Carbon Fiber top-plate is designed to take some serious abuse, backed up by 2mm FR4 skid plates which survive scraping across the occasional parking-lot floor.

Fusion Gen2 Flight Controller

The ImmersionRC Fusion, a highly integrated state-of-the-art flight controller, gets an extensive update for the Vortex 250. The ‘F1’ class processor is updated to an F3, flash memory for BlackBox log storage is integrated, the buzzer is replaced with one MUCH louder, and a port is added for direct serial receiver hookup (5V and 3.3v supply options). As for the Fusion Gen1, the Gen2 is pre-loaded with a custom build of CleanFlight, and is future-proof, supporting future updates. The high performance ‘F3’ processor provides > 2x the performance of it’s predecessor, allowing lower loop times, and better flight performance. PIDs are adjusted on-screen, in easy-to-use menus, driven directly from the R/C Tx.

Integrated 5.8GHz Video Tx with RaceBand

An on-board NexWaveRF 5.8GHz video transmitter, with 40 channel support, ensures compatibility with any 5.8Ghz A/V Rx on the market. New for the Vortex 250, is Dynamic Power Control. Transmitter power is lowered automatically when the quad is disarmed, or ready for a race to start, to reduce interference to other pilots. ImmersionRC’s exclusive RaceBand allows 8 pilots to fly together, while being 100% legal for US resellers to distribute. All channels fall within the legal US Ham band. The on-board OSD allows video transmitter channels to be chosen using the R/C transmitter, no more dip-switches to flip, and no more frequency lists to remember. Full compatibility with all ImmersionRC/FatShark, Boscam, Team Black-Sheep, DJI, and ImmersionRC RaceBand channels.

vx250pro_2Flexible Camera Options

The flexible Vortex camera mount supports both a flight cam, and an HD camera such as a GoPro. This mount is included in the box with the Vortex 250, and doesn’t require the purchase of an add-on product.
The flight cam is protected from impacts, and is suspended from a vibration-dampened carbon-fibre plate. An adjustable bracket allows the camera to be tilted to ensure a good forward view during high-speed racing. As the icing on the cake, a monster 3A switching regulator allows any HD cam (GoPro included) to be powered from the flight pack, allowing unnecessary camera batteries to be left at home.

Pro-Tuner, In The Box

The Vortex 250 continues in the footsteps of it’s Vortex 285 big-brother, and not only ships with a pro-tune that flies like it is on rails, but adds a selection of pro-tunes created by some of the experts in the hobby. Some of the biggest names in FPV Quad Racing have abused countless LiPos tuning the Vortex for peak performance, and have produced some stunning videos in the process.

Lights!, Music!, Action!!!

Ok, there is no music, we’ll leave that to the post-processing, but there are lights, and plenty of action! A set of 8 24-bit RGB LEDs sit on the tail of the Vortex, sandwiched safely between the upper, and lower frame plates.  These LEDs, controlled by a dedicated 32-bit ARM processor (yeah… what were we thinking!), can show something as mundane as the pilot’s favourite color, just about anything else we decide to roll into the user-upgradable firmware. Brake lights?, Shift to white for max. acceleration?, Indicators for polite left/right turns?, or just a pattern to remind you of 80’s Discos. Since Airgonay’s now-famous ‘Star Wars’ video, rear lights on miniquads have become not a ‘nice to have’, but a ‘no fun without ’em’.

‘Gen2’ Custom 32-bit, 20A ESCs, with OneShot125

Custom 20A ESCs (22A Peak), with OneShot125, and regenerative braking, for crisp-responsive flight using CleanFlight. A 32-bit ARM processor runs each ESC, ensuring plenty of processing power to drive even the most fussy brushless motors. The second generation of ImmersionRC’s ‘EzESC’, with race-proven reliability, and the extra punch required to spin the 2204/2300kV motors. These ESCs also support our innovative rotorSENSE, which programs prop direction with the flick of a finger. No more swapping motor wires.

Blackbox Recorder

Blackbox is a high speed recorder for flight controller data, which is stored in an integrated flash memory on the Vortex 250’s Fusion Gen2 board. This extremely powerful tool can be used to tweak your PIDs to perfection with your choice of props, battery, and camera.

vx250pro_1Full Graphic OSD, with EzOSD pedigree

An on-board full-graphic OSD provides in-flight updates of critical parameters, and sports a menu which allows all options to be programmed in the field using the R/C Tx, and a set of goggles, or an LCD screen.
A real-time interface with the flight controller enables artificial horizons, F-18 style displays, and exchange of flight parameters.

Seven! 32-bit ARM processors

There are not many quads out there with that claim to fame… the Vortex 250, like its 285 big-brother, sports no less than seven 32-bit ARM processors, all working together for maximum fun-factor.
A dedicated ARM for the flight controller, another for the full-graphic OSD, even another for the LED board at the back of the quad, and then four high performance ARMs for the custom ESCs.

Custom OSD Layouts

Several OSD layouts are included in the package:
•A classical EzOSD-type layout, with all critical parameters available on-screen.
•A Heads-Up display which would be more at home in a fighter-jet, with artificial horizon and altitude indicator.
•A Race layout, with just the critical parameters, tucked around the edges of the display.
•A Gaming layout… we’ll explain that one just before launch
All OSD layouts include screen-center alerts for critical warnings, such as battery voltage, EzUHF Link Critical, etc.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Retail Price ($USD): $479.00 (foam packaging), $499 (zipper case)
  • Initial Release Date: November 2015
  • Weight: ~415g without battery, or HD camera
  • Power Requirements: 3s-4s LiPo (typical)
  • ESCs: Full Custom, 20A cont. 22A peak, rotorSENSE, OneShot125
  • Motors: Custom V-Spec 2204-2300kV, with 3mm axles, 5mm shafts
  • Props: OEM Gemfan 5045 GF Blunt-Nose
  • Flight Camera: FatShark 700TVL v2 CMOS (included)
  • HD Camera: GoPro Hero, Hero 3/4
  • Receiver Compatibility: CPPM, S-Bus, Spektrum™, XBus, SumH, SumD (no external adapters required) (Auto-Sense!)
  • Flight Time: Highly dependent upon battery, and flying style

Vortex with Spektrum

The last few days I had two or three customers which came in all with the same question. How can we use our DX8, DX9, etc. Spektrum transmitters to fly the Immersion RC Vortex?

While the answer seems easy and Immersion RC is providing a Spektrum PPM Cable for the Vortex, the setup can be a bit cumbersome for those who did not previously worked with the Spektrum receivers which have satellite receivers connected.

We prepared a few minutes video which explains the procedure in detail, but for those who like the written instructions better, here is this post to explain what to do.

  • Create a new model on the DX 7,8,9 etc. transmitter.
  • Grab a bind plug.
  • Grab an AR7000 or similar receiver which can accept a satellite receiver connected to it and of course an external satellite receiver.
  • Grab an 4.8-5V receiver battery, so you can power the receiver/satellite combo.
  • Grab a standard servo which you will connect to the RC receiver’s Aileron channel to ensure it is properly bound.
  • Get the Spektrum PPM cable for the vortex from the above link.
  • Remove the propellers from the Vortex
  • Get an FPV monitor, or a pair of Fatshark goggles to be able to see the video signal from the Vortex during setup.
  • Once everything is prepared you can follow the procedure below to set the Vortex up.
  1. Plug in the satellite receiver to the AR7000 and install the bind plug.
  2. Turn on the Spektrum transmitter (DX7, 8, 9 etc.) while holding the bind button down.
  3. Release the bind button and wait till the bind process is completed. Power both down, remove the bind plug, install the servo to the aileron channel and power up. Move the aileron stick ad ensure that the servo is moving.
  4. If all tested well, power down, remove the satellite receiver from the AR7000 and put those aside.
  5. Install the Spektrum PPM cable into the Vortex, into the same place where the original PPM cable was installed. Pull that out carefully and plug the Spektrum PPM cable in instead.
  6. Connect the satellite receiver to the Vortex, power up the monitor or goggles and your Spektrum Transmitter.
  7. Ensure that your propellers are removed and plug in a battery to the Vortex.
  8. Check on the initial setup screen that the sliders follow your stick movement. If something seems reversed, you might need to reverse that channel in your radio.
  9. Complete the setup procedure, install the Spektrum satellite receiver permanently with a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the Vortex and test if your motors are spinning properly after the arming sequence.
  10. If all is correct, power down, install the propellers in the correct order and you are ready to fly.

One important note worth mentioning before I let you watch the video. The Spektrum satellite receiver is not a full range receiver. While it will give you reliably good signal within a 2-300 meter radius (8-900ft) that is all considered within line of sight and not in an obstacle environment. If you fly between bushes, trees, expect signal degradation after 80-100 meters.   

Now, if you wish, please watch the video below which will explain the same thing once more.

The Vortex

The end of April, beginning of May 2015 will bring us the new 280 size racing quad called Vortex. The Vortex is manufactured by Immersion RC and it is a highly anticipated product all over the FPV community. NGHobbies is happy to bring the Vortex for the Canadian customer. Ontario, Toronto and Quebec based racing groups and pilots are eagerly waiting to put their hand on the Vortex and see its full potential.

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With its Carbon Fiber and custom injected plastic design the Vortex is indeed a real racer and it will definitely give the Lumerier QAV250 a run for the money. The Vortex has an Integrated Flight Controller, pre-loaded with Cleanflight, full-graphic OSD, with on-screen control of.. everything. The FPV video is provided by an integrated 40 channel NexWaveRF 5.8GHz Video Tx which gives the FPV pilot the possibility to use the standard Fatshark/Immersion 5.8Ghz FPV channels, all other (DJI, Foxtech, Boscam, TBS, etc.) channels as well as a new invention from Immersion called 5.8Ghz Race Bands where the 8 channels are allocated over the whole 5.8Ghz spectrum with wider band separation to avoid overlapping from your racing buddies. The NexWaveRF 5.8GHz video transmitter, ensures compatibility with any 5.8Ghz A/V Rx on the market. The RaceBand is Immersion RC exclusive (till other Chinese manufacturers start to copy it) allows 8 pilots to fly together, while being 100% legal for US resellers to distribute. All channels fall within the legal US Ham band. The on-board OSD allows video transmitter channels to be chosen using the R/C transmitter, no more dip-switches to flip, and no more frequency lists to remember.

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The integrated flight controller, with 3 axis Gyro, 3 axis Accelerometer, and barometer, is pre-programmed with CleanFlight, and is future-proof, supporting future updates. A direct, high-speed interface to the full-graphic OSD, and a USB port on the back of the quad for programming and updates, complete the package. PIDs are adjusted on-screen, in easy-to-use menus, driven directly from the R/C Tx.

The below notes and features are from the ImmersionRC website’s Vortex page:

Flexible Camera Options

The flexible Vortex camera mount supports both a flight cam, and an HD camera such as a GoPro, or Mobius. The flight cam is protected from impacts, and is suspended from a vibration-dampened carbon-fibre plate. An adjustable bracket allows the camera to be tilted to ensure a good forward view during high-speed racing. As the icing on the cake, a monster 3A switching regulator allows any HD cam (GoPro included) to be powered from the flight pack, allowing unnecessary camera batteries to be left at home.

Pro-Tuner, In The Box

The Vortex includes an industry-first, tuning parameters from Pro-Racers right in the box. Just select the racer, prop size, HD camera choice, etc. and the Vortex OSD will setup the flight controller for you. Some of the biggest names in FPV Quad Racing have abused countless LiPos tuning the Vortex for peak performance, and have produced some stunning videos in the process.

Lights, LED’s

A set of 8 24-bit RGB LEDs sit on the tail of the Vortex, sandwiched safely between the upper, and lower frame plates. These LEDs, controlled by a dedicated 32-bit ARM processor (yeah… what were we thinking!), can show something as mundane as the pilot’s favourite color, just about anything else we decide to roll into the user-upgradable firmware. Brake lights?, Shift to white for max. acceleration?, Indicators for polite left/right turns?, or just a pattern to remind you of 80’s Discos. Since Airgonay’s now-famous ‘Star Wars’ video, rear lights on miniquads have become not a ‘nice to have’, but a ‘no fun without ’em’

Custom 32-bit, 12A ESCs, with OneShot125

Custom 12A ESCs (16A Peak), with OneShot125, and regenerative braking, for crisp-responsive flight using CleanFlight. A 32-bit ARM processor runs each ESC, ensuring plenty of processing power to drive even the most fussy brushless motors. These ESCs are the first worldwide to use our unique rotorSENSE, which programs prop direction with the flick of a finger. No more swapping motor wires. ESCs so thin, that they fit completely into the arm tubes, protected from the elements, and the occasional passing tree.

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Recliners, and Incliners

As racing quads approach race-speeds, HD cameras have a habit of recording very high definition footage of… the ground. Two optional kits available for the Vortex provide a recliner for the GoPro, or an incliner for the Mobius camera. These kits are shipped with the appropriate rubber dampers, and in the case of the GoPro kit, also a plug-and-play power cable, to allow the GoPro to be powered without an internal battery (and it’s unwanted weight).

Full Graphic OSD, with EzOSD pedigree

An on-board full-graphic OSD provides in-flight updates of critical parameters, and sports a menu which allows all options to be programmed in the field using the R/C Tx, and a set of goggles, or an LCD screen. A real-time interface with the flight controller enables artificial horizons, F-18 style displays, and exchange of flight parameters.

Seven! 32-bit ARM processors

There are not many quads out there with that claim to fame… the Vortex sports no less than seven 32-bit ARM processors, all working together for maximum fun-factor. A dedicated ARM for the flight controller, another for the full-graphic OSD, even another for the LED board at the back of the quad, and then four high performance ARMs for the custom ESCs.

Custom OSD Layouts

Several OSD layouts are included in the package:

  • A classical EzOSD-type layout, with all critical parameters available on-screen.
  • A Heads-Up display which would be more at home in a fighter-jet, with artificial horizon and altitude indicator.
  • A Race layout, with just the critical parameters, tucked around the edges of the display.
  • A Gaming layout… we’ll explain that one just before launch

All OSD layouts include screen-center alerts for critical warnings, such as battery voltage, EzUHF Link Critical, etc.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Retail Price ($USD), Race Motors: $449.00
  • Initial Release Date: April 2015
  • Weight: ~350g without battery, or HD camera
  • Power Requirements: 3s-4s LiPo (typical)
  • ESCs: Full Custom, 12A cont. 16A peak, rotorSENSE, OneShot125
  • Flight Camera: FatShark 600TVL CMOS (std), FatShark 700TVL CMOS, and 900TVL CCD optional
  • HD Camera: GoPro Hero, Hero 3/4  (Optional power from onboard BEC), Mobius, Runcam
  • Receiver Compatibility: CPPM Input, with S-Bus, and Spektrum™ Satellite converter cables optional
  • Flight Time: Highly dependent upon battery, and flying style
  • Where to purchase it: Purchase the Vortex from NGHobbies